month : 04/2017 16 results

Diversity is amplified for entrepreneurs

  By Emily D. Tisdale   Diversity is an asset for an entrepreneur, but it often starts with feeling like the “other.” Most business owners become entrepreneurs because they’re driven to be different — to provide services differently, to have a different quality of life and more. The problem with “different” is ...

Leadership: Creating an environment of ongoing success

  By Darrell Brown   “Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right,” said the late Warren G. Bennis, an expert on leadership and a distinguished professor of business administration at USC. The word “leadership” brings to mind a variety of adjectives. A leader needs to be passio...

Plan your work, work your plan

Staff Report   The phrase, “proper preparation prevents poor performance” is more than just a cliche. Going into a new year can be an exciting yet anxiety-ridden time for business owners and professionals — especially those looking to level up. According to Daniel Wesley, founder/CEO of Quote.com, “failing to plan for growth ...

A stogie for all scenarios

How to recommend cigars to others By Sal Domingo, Famous Smoke Shop   As a “share and share alike” kind of guy, it’s always been important to me to help point cigar smokers new and old in the right direction. Cigar tastes are subjective — you may hate a cigar that I love, and vice versa — which is why recommending cigars can ...

Better together: Inclusivity training can benefit all employees

By Keshia McEntire   Training in inclusivity and diversity has been common in most American workplaces since the late 1900s. Today, almost all Fortune 500 companies and about half of midsize businesses require diversity training. When done correctly, churches, not-for-profits, government institutions and businesses large and small can ...

Develop an exit strategy

How to plan your finale performance like a star By Erica Pierce   There comes a time in all careers when we either feel stagnant or simply long for more. We lose our happy, and once that’s lost, it makes the work situation tolerable, yet undesirable. The first thing many people think to do is simply quit their job; this isn’t the ...

Hoosier made: Five products to make you proud to be a Hoosier

By Kelly Patrick Slone   Bootmakers USA, a certified minority and women-owned business in West Lafayette, Indiana, specializes in riding, polo and dress boots for women, men and young adults. Bootmakers offers a platform for designing riding boots that are custom-fit to each customer’s measurements. Bootmakers On Demand lets schools, ...

There’s an app for that

Busy professionals turn to technology to find balance By Glendal Jones Professionals and business leaders often have a never-ending to-do list and not nearly enough hours in the day. Just ask flight attendant Becky Conley of Brownsburg, Indiana, who flies for Indianapolis-based regional airliner Republic Airlines. As a busy professional, she ...

Deposits made for community strength

Design Bank invests in community By Terri Horvath   The origin of Design Bank in Indianapolis began with a question: “How can I change the world through design?” It was asked by Will Marquez, who then teamed up with NaShara Mitchell to create “a center for mutual cooperation.” Their primary mission was to bring design skills ...

Enjoy Marvelous Madison

Southern city offers old-school charm with modern-day chic   Madison — a quaint city in southeastern Indiana on the north bank of the Ohio River and about 90 minutes from the state capital — is the perfect spot for travelers looking for old-school charm with modern sensibilities. The bustling river town is a short drive from both ...